As far back as the late 1800s, experts believed that diet could play a role in acne development. An 1885 study reported that chocolate, sugar and fat were the main culprits, so treatment routinely restricted those foods. But the thinking changed with a couple of late 1960s studies that refuted the association between diet and acne, and the idea became more of an old wives’ tale.  But in recent decades, once again research suggests that diet actually does contribute to improvement or worsening of acne. Dermatologists now think that changing the diet in specific (and healthy) ways should be considered…

Read More

By Naomi Mannino When the birth-control method NuvaRing hit the market in 2001, it offered an alternative to women who didn’t want to take a pill every day while still offering the same level of effectiveness — 99%. Almost 5 million NuvaRing prescriptions were written from April 2014 through March 2015, according to the research firm IMS, making it one of the most popular contraceptive options in the US. Unfortunately, it has another more troubling distinction: NuvaRing has a dramatic rate of serious adverse events based on 46,885 reports filed with the FDA between 2004 and 2012. During that time, 1,950…

Read More

What’s in a chemo “cocktail”? A lot more than just chemotherapy drugs, I discovered. I also learned that you might not need — or want — every ingredient. My story is proof that you can always do your own research and have a conversation with your doctor about whether a medication is truly necessary. Last year, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), Stage 2. IDC is the most common form of breast cancer, affecting 232,340 women in 2013, according to the American Cancer Society. Because my tumor was close to the skin and near my nipple, I was unable to have…

Read More

Accutane, a severe acne medication, has a past deeply scarred by reports, medical studies and lawsuits citing links to serious side effects including death While the intended use of Accutane was to clear the skin of severe acne — and it has been proven to do so — its past is deeply scarred by reports, medical studies and lawsuits citing links to serious side effects including death. While Accutane itself has gone off the market, there are currently generics with the same acitive ingredient — isotretinoin — available. On the plus side, tracking and prevention of side effects is much…

Read More